He may not have known it at the time, but the decision early in his research career by Dr. Aristotle Voineskos CAMH’s Vice President of Research to focus on the intersection of two disciplines—brain imaging and genetics—made him the perfect choice to lead CAMH’s vast interdisciplinary team of scientists in this era of discovery and innovation in the brain science of mental health. But when asked about his dreams for the future, he reflects on the urgent need to bring brain science to the clinic. Bringing it back to what this is all about: the patient.
“I think of one of my patients who has schizophrenia and was on the street. He was hearing loud and critical voices; he couldn't work or focus. Thankfully with the help of a specific medication and advocacy, he is now employed, and has stable housing. But while the voices are better, they are still there.